Early Retirement in Australia

Due to chronic pain


Australians living in Chronic Pain

Limited in the activities they can undertake, affecting physical and mental health.


Acupuncture Visits Per Year in Australia

Did you know in 2017 a Comparative Literature Review found acupuncture effectively treats 5 pain conditions including low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, knee pain, headache and migraine? Check out the Acupuncture Evidence Project here.

Looking for a Natural Pain Treatment in Hervey Bay?

Living with pain can be a daily struggle, impacting every aspect of your life. Whether it’s chronic back pain, migraines, or an injury that just won’t heal, finding relief can often feel like an endless journey. If you’re in Hervey Bay and searching for a natural, effective solution to your pain, you’ve come to the right place.

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What is Pain?

Medicine defines pain as being an unpleasant emotional and sensory experience that is mostly associated with actual or potential tissue damage. In medical diagnosis, pain is also viewed as a symptom of an underlying condition.

Pain is often the trigger the affected individual needs to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect an injured body part so it heals, and to prevent the recurrence of similar experiences in the future.

Pain is broadly classified into two types: Acute and Chronic Pain

Acute pain lasts for a short time and arises following surgery or trauma or other condition to a part of the affected individual’s body. This kind of pain is often a warning to the sufferer to seek help. Most of the time it will improve as the body heals, but sometimes it does not.

Chronic Pain is defined as lasting beyond the recovery period for healing following an accident, trauma or some other condition. At other times, chronic pain may indicate some other grave medical issue. In some cases, chronic pain may not be traceable to any causes.

Pain is the most common reason for consulting a doctor in most developed countries. In Australia alone, research shows that back pain, migraines, and other chronic pain hinder about one in 10 Australian aged 12 to 44; leading to feelings of dejectedness and a reduction in the quality of life.

The treatment options for pain cases include medications{ generally defined as painkillers (opioids) such as codeine, oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl and Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDS)}, therapy, mind-body techniques as well as Acupuncture.

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Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture, a time-honoured practice rooted in Chinese medicine, offers a holistic approach to pain management. By targeting specific points in the body, acupuncture aims to restore balance, enhance blood flow, and activate the body’s natural healing mechanisms. It’s a gentle, non-invasive treatment that has been embraced by many as a way to alleviate pain naturally.

Acupuncture and Pain Relief 

More and more individuals are embracing Acupuncture as an effective means of treating/managing incidences of pain. Acupuncture is a type of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, to various depths. The overall aim is to restore balance in the pathways of the affected individual because it is believed that pain results from a disruption in this order (otherwise known as an imbalance of the body’s forces).

The key tool in acupuncture is the use of therapeutic needles, that are inserted in  acupuncture points found on the body that have been found to help with pain.

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Acupuncture Hervey Bay

Acupuncture points are defined as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can receive stimulation, as delivered by the use of needles. This stimulation increases/ restores blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers. The basic philosophy behind Acupuncture is energizing the body to effectively deal with the occurrence of pain and heal itself.

An acupuncturist is trained in the use of this treatment form in the management of pain. Depending on the site of the discomfort, Acupuncture is reputed as being effective in the treatment of the following:

People seek Acupuncture for relieving pain for many conditions including painful periods, peptic ulcer, facial pain, morning sickness, tennis elbow as well as dental pain among others.

Other commonly seen pain conditions seen in the clinic are:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Period Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • TMJ
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Other Chinese Medicine Treatments for Pain

Acupuncture gets all the attention when it comes to pain. Is there other treatment methods in Chinese medicine that are used for pain?

There are many treatment methods that may be incorporated into your treatment for pain. Here are some treatments that we can discus in your initial consultation.

Paul Carter’s Chinese Medicine Clinic in Hervey Bay

At Paul Carter’s clinic in Hervey Bay, Paul specialises in acupuncture and other natural therapies tailored to your unique needs. Paul Carter, is dedicated to helping you find relief and improve your quality of life. Whether you’re dealing with acute pain or a long-term condition, Paul is here to support you on your path to wellness. Discover the benefits of acupuncture and take the first step towards booking an acupuncture appointment for pain in Hervey Bay. Contact Paul today to book your appointment in Hervey Bay.

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What Can You Expect in an Acupuncture Appointment For Pain Relief Hervey Bay?

Making Your Initial Appointment

Making your Initial Appointment is easiest using the online booking system to the left. Simply find your appointment time and add your details.

Look out for an automated email with forms to fill in prior to your appointment.

Welcome to the Clinic

  1. Paul will go through your consultation and discuss medical history.
  2. A treatment plan is formulated and Paul will explain the best course of action such as acupuncturecupping, electroacupuncture, heat therapyherbal medicine etc.
  3. The aim of acupuncture for pain relief is to take pain away within the treatment. Each person responds differently to the treatment so it’s best to aim for 3 sessions to see if you respond positively.
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Treatment Plan

After treatment, Paul will discuss the treatment plan and any exercises or lifestyle changes that can help you recover faster.


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